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Financial Aid

FAFSA Application


To be considered for State Aid, or Federal Aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority due date for completing the 2021-22 FAFSA is March 1, 2021. Once you have submitted the FAFSA the information is processed by the United States Department of Education and sent to the individual schools of your choice.


FAFSA Website

FSA ID Website

CWU Title IV Code

Priority Due Dates

2020-21 Academic Year
February 1, 2020 - priority FAFSA filing due date
April 1, 2020 - priority due date for verification documents

2021-22 Academic Year
March 1, 2021 - priority FAFSA filing due date
May 1, 2021 - priority due date for verification documents

The 2021-22 FAFSA became available October 1, 2020 and only needs to be completed once a year. 


For a checklist that helps gather documents needed to fill out your FAFSA, please click here


First Time Filers

8 Steps to Filling out FAFSA

It is important to file your FAFSA before the priority deadline. In doing so you will have more options for aid. The 2021-22 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2020 and only needs to be completed once a year.

The award year begins in fall and ends at the close of summer term. If applying for summer aid, complete the current year FAFSA.

You and one of your parents (if you are a dependent student) are required to sign your application electronically. If you have not already done so, each of you will need to apply for a FSA ID.

It is important to submit accurate information as the information that you supply can be verified by your school, your state, or by Federal Student Aid. 

If you get Federal student aid based on incorrect information, you will have to pay it back; you may also have to pay fines and fees. If you purposely give false or misleading information on your application, you may be accused of fraud and fined $20,000, sent to prison, or both.

Renewing Your Application

If you filed your FAFSA the previous school year, you will have the option to use that biographical information automatically on your new FAFSA to save you time.

Carefully review each answer, update any information that has changed, and answer all other questions. This is very important. The FAFSA typically changes annually. Review every question.

Late Filers

We continue to accept and process applications after the priority deadlines. All Institutionally funded grants (i.e. CWU Tuition Scholarship) and loans (Perkins Loan) have funding limits, and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to qualified applicants. The best way to be considered for these limited funds is to meet the priority deadlines.

Please Note

If you apply with estimated figures it is more likely that you will be asked to complete verification.

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